For much of the past two decades, rhinoplasty, aka a “nose job” has been one of the most performed plastic surgeries in the U.S. More than 213,000 nose jobs were performed in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There are many reasons why rhinoplasty continues to be in-demand and popular surgery.
The nose is one of the most visually obvious facial features. Its size and appearance have a major impact on a person’s looks. Changing the size or shape of a nose can improve the harmony and symmetry of the face. Rhinoplasty can also improve the function of the nose, helping to reduce breathing problems and other concerns. If you’ve been considering a nose job, learn more about the procedure and how you might benefit from it.
What Happens During a Nose Job?
The first step to a nose job is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and to find out if the surgery is right for you. As part of the consultation, the surgeon will take photos of your nose from a variety of angles. They’ll then use the photos to produce computer images of the potential results of your nose job. Computer imaging gives both you and the surgeon an idea of what to expect from rhinoplasty.
If you’re a good candidate for the surgery and you decide to go ahead with it, you can expect the procedure itself to take a couple of hours. There are two ways a surgeon can perform a nose job. One method is the closed technique, during which all incisions are made on the inside of the nose.
Dr. Anthony Bared, a specialist in high-quality rhinoplasty in Miami, uses the open technique. As noted by Dr. Bared, during the open technique, the surgeon makes an incision across the piece of cartilage that divides the nostrils. An open nose job allows the surgeon better access to the interior of the nose. Although it does leave a scar on the outside of the nose, the scar is usually small and well-concealed.
The changes a surgeon makes during the surgery depend on what you want to change about your nose. They might remove bone and cartilage to make a large nose smaller or reposition a crooked nose. If you also have breathing difficulties or other functional problems with your nose, the surgeon might make changes inside the nasal passages to improve the nose’s function.
Depending on your preference and that of your surgeon, you might be given local or general anesthesia during your nose job, according to the Mayo Clinic. General anesthesia will put you completely under so that you won’t remember any part of the surgery. Often, a sedative is given with a local anesthetic, so that you remain awake, but are slightly out of it during the procedure.
Benefits of a Nose Job
A nose job can change the way you look, but it can also do a lot more. Some of the benefits of a nose job include:
Improved Nasal Function: Rhinoplasty can improve nasal function in a few ways. Occasionally, a septoplasty is performed as part of a nose job. During a septoplasty, the surgeon adjusts the position of the septum, the cartilage that divides the nasal passages.
More than one-third of the population has a deviated septum. In some cases, the septum leans so far to one side that it makes it challenging to breathe. Correcting the septum can help you breathe easier.
A nose job can also improve nasal function by reducing the size of turbinates in the nasal passages. Turbinates are structures that help to add humidity to the air as they travel through the nostrils. They can become enlarged because of allergies and infections. Enlarged turbinates make it difficult to breathe through the nose. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can help to shrink them, improving airflow.
Improved Self-Esteem: Another way you can benefit from a nose job is by feeling better about yourself in general. Multiple studies have looked at the effect that plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty, can have on a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. In particular, studies have looked at the effect that rhinoplasty to correct a deformity or problem with the nose’s function has on a person’s self-esteem.
One study found that people who had a nose job as part of a cleft lip correction reported an increase in self-esteem after a year. Another study found that those who had functional rhinoplasty reported having higher levels of self-esteem compared to people who had aesthetic rhinoplasty.
Improved Appearance: The nose is often the first feature people see on the face. If it is too large in proportion to the rest of the facial features, it can create an imbalanced look. The same is true if it’s too small.
A nose job can adjust the size of the nose, either by reducing it or by adding tissue to enhance its size. The surgery can also correct deformities in the nose or other areas of concern, such as humps or divots on the bridge of the nose, a bulbous nasal tip or a nasal tip that is too upturned or that droops.
If you aren’t happy with the way your nose looks or functions, a nose job might be right for you. The surgery offers multiple benefits and can help you feel more confident about yourself and your life overall.